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California Groups Urge Schools to Make a ‘Restorative Restart’ this Fall [downloadable]

California-based education, advocacy and civil right groups are calling for schools to make a “restorative restart” that emphasizes relationship-building, staffing supports and promoting equity as students return to schools in the fall.

Specifically, schools and districts should dedicate six weeks this summer or at the start of the new school year to not only focus on student and staff wellbeing and equitable practices, but to also plan for long-term systematic transformation, according to the “Reimagine and Rebuild: Restarting School with Equity at the Center” framework.

The “Reimagine and Rebuild” framework provides specific steps on evidence-based practices for:

  • Centering relationships.
  • Addressing whole-student needs.
  • Strengthening staffing and partnerships.
  • Making teaching and learning relevant and rigorous.
  • Empowering teams to reimagine and rebuild systems.

The framework is endorsed by 39 diverse groups and organizations, including the California State PTA, California Teachers Association and the California School Boards Association.

Rigorous academics must also be a focal point, and schools should ensure their curriculums are high-quality, engaging and culturally relevant. Instructional materials and books should help students of all backgrounds feel “safe, acknowledged and respected,” the framework recommends.

Excerpted from “California Groups Urge Schools to Make a ‘Restorative Restart’ this Fall” in K-12 DIVE. Read the full article online. Download a PDF of the framework.

Source: K-12 DIVE | California Groups Urge Schools to Make a ‘Restorative Restart’ this Fall, https://www.k12dive.com/news/california-groups-urge-schools-to-make-a-restorative-restart-this-fall/599337 | © 2021 Industry Dive
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